October 24, 2014
For more than three decades, Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP partner Adrian M. Pruetz has successfully represented clients such as Vizio Inc., Nike Inc. and Roche Molecular Systems Inc. in contentious and sometimes precedent-setting intellectual property matters, earning her a place among Law360's Influential Women In IP Law.
Based in Los Angeles, Pruetz is the chair of Glaser Weil's intellectual property department, and her practice encompasses patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright disputes, a variety that keeps her work interesting.
"They all inform each other in regards to the things you learn and the skills you develop," she said. "Patent cases can be very structured, [whereas] the flow of the others can be very different. The mix keeps things fresh."
In one of her biggest successes, Pruetz led the team that helped Roche Molecular Systems win a judgment invalidating three Stanford University HIV-monitoring patents and defeating Stanford's multimillion-dollar patent infringement claims.
The Federal Circuit affirmed the ruling in October 2009, and Pruetz was counsel of record on Roche's behalf when the case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court issued a 7-2 opinion in June 2011 that upheld the Federal Circuit's affirmation of the lower court's judgment.